Several brush fires amid statewide burn ban

Open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in New York state.

Posted: Apr 23, 2018 5:47 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2018 9:38 AM

With such beautiful weather a lot of people are trying to clean up the debris from winter time. Some of that requires burning it but you should hold off doing that just yet.


With the arrival of spring and conditions for wildfires heightened, residential brush burning is prohibited March 16 through May 14 across New York State. Even though parts of the state are currently blanketed in snow, warming temperatures can quickly cause wildfire conditions to arise. Currently, fire conditions in most of the state are low risk.

Open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in New York state. When temperatures are warmer and the past fall's debris and leaves dry out, wildfires can start and spread easily and be further fueled by winds and a lack of green vegetation.

This is exactly the case of a fire that happened in Jordanville Monday. All it takes is a little bit of some wind before things get out of control.

"Burning during the burn ban, and just burning some small brush in a wheelbarrow, and with the wind and the sun it got out of hand," said Environmental Conservation Officer Katie Jakaub. "And I think some debris went into a nearby field and the field was just full of dry grasses and invasive species, and it took right off and burned about two acres, and the smoke and flames started making their way downhill towards some nearby houses so the fire department was called and we were called.

If you are found in violation of the burn ban you will get a ticket from the DEC.

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